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How do economists differ from others in distributive situations?

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  • Astri Drange Hole

    (Bergen University College, Norway.)

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    We examine potential differences in three dimensions: the weight people attach to fairness considerations, the prevalence of fairness ideals, and how people react to communication about fairness. A dictatorship game experiment with a production phase and a communication phase is run with first-year economics and engineering students. The economics students put relatively little weight to fairness considerations and bias the conception of fairness in favour of themselves. The proportion of libertarians is greatest in this group. The engineering students put relatively greater weight to fairness considerations and show integrity. The proportion of liberal egalitarians is also greatest in this group.

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    Article provided by Nordic Journal of Political Economy in its journal Nordic Journal of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2013)
    Issue (Month): ()
    Pages: 4

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    Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:38:y:2013:p:4

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